muffin of the month, november 2017: pumpkin cranberry white chocolate muffins

previous autumn monthly muffins

10/17, vegan apple cider muffins ||12/16, chocolate peppermint muffins || 11/16, vegan chocolate muffins || 12/15, gluten-free sweet potato ginger muffins || 11/15, pumpkin streusel muffins

 

I will shamelessly admit that I looooove pumpkin spice. I love spices, I love the holidays, and I love squash, so it’s like a triple whammy. I know that pumpkin spice things are really more spice than pumpkin and that most people don’t actually want a candle that smells like squash or a latte that tastes like it, but I couldn’t care less, because I love all of the spices (especially cardamom.)

My new favorite is cloves. Cloves are in…and cardamom is still in, always.

I was chatting with a customer once about the PSL craze and he mentioned (whether he was right or not, I don’t really care) that when PSL first became a thing, people were so obsessed that they resorted to petty theft and misdemeanors to get their pumpkin-flavored things. I kind of doubt it, but I also kind of don’t doubt it.

 

 

Don’t get me wrong, anything super hyped up is too hyped up, and I feel bad for the other autumn and winter flavors: maple, pecan, praline, peppermint, chocolate, gingerbread, etc. I love them all (though I am most looking forward to gingerbread lattes next month.)

I did a pumpkin muffin during the early days of the Monthly Muffin, and now I’ve added on a new one. This one is more sweet than spicy, and combines two different holiday favorites in one muffin: pumpkin spice with cranberries and white chocolate.

I’m also a little (really) into cranberries this year.

For those of you who love everything pumpkin, or even for those of you who are soooooo over pumpkin spice everything, but like autumn, sweets, and hearty things, these muffins are perfect.

Although, if you really don’t like pumpkin at all, then I can’t guarantee that you’ll enjoy them (but I also can’t promise that you won’t enjoy them.)

 

 

pumpkin cranberry white chocolate muffins

based on my pumpkin streusel muffins recipe

makes 1 dozen muffins

 

4.25 oz (120 g, 1 c) whole wheat flour

4.25 oz (120, 1 c) all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ginger

1 tsp cloves

1 tsp allspice

1 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp cardamom

1.75 oz (50 g, 1/4 c) canola oil

3.5 oz (100 g, ~1/2 c) milk or buttermilk

12 oz (340 g, 1.5 c) pumpkin puree

9 oz (260 g, 1 1/4 c) granulated sugar

4 oz (110 g, 1 c) cranberries, fresh or frozen, whole or coarsely chopped

4 oz (110 g, 2/3 c) white chocolate, coarsely chopped

 

Preheat oven to 350 F/175 C, and line muffin pan with paper liners.

In a small bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, salt, and spices.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together oil, milk or buttermilk, pumpkin puree, and sugar until consistent.

Quickly mix in dried mixture and fold in the chopped berries and chocolate.

Scoop the batter into the muffin pan, filling each cup about 2/3-3/4 of the way full, and bake for 25 – 30 minutes until springy when pressed lightly in the middle.

Allow the muffins to cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling completely.

 

Squash ya later, applegator!

Nick P.

Categories: Breads, muffins, seasonal produce